Iowa State University (ISU)

Ames, IA

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Most Popular Majors

All Majors & Degrees

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Major Bachelors Masters
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
Agricultural Animal Breeding
Agricultural Mechanization
Agricultural and Horticultural Plant Breeding
Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture
Agronomy and Crop Science
Animal Sciences
Crop Production
Dairy Science
Environmental Science
Farm/Farm and Ranch Management
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management
Food Science
Forest Sciences and Biology
Horticultural Science
Livestock Management
Soil Science and Agronomy
Wildlands, Fish and Wildlife Management and Science

Arts & Humanities

Major Bachelors Masters
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Creative Writing
English Language and Literature
French Language and Literature
General Music
German Language and Literature
Interior Design
Landscape Architecture (BS, BSLA, BLA, MSLA, MLA, PhD)
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Professional, Technical, Business and Scientific Writing
Religion/Religious Studies
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Spanish Language and Literature
Visual and Performing Arts


Major Bachelors Masters
Business Administration and Management
Business/Managerial Economics
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Fashion/Apparel Design
Hospitality Management and Administration
Logistics and Materials Management
Management Information Systems
Management Science
Marketing/Marketing Management
Meeting and Event Planning
Operations Management and Supervision
Transportation/Transportation Management

Communication & Media

Major Bachelors Masters
Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Design & Visual Communications
Graphic Design


Major Bachelors Masters
Agricultural Teacher Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education
Educational Leadership and Administration
Elementary Education and Teaching
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Other Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor


Major Bachelors Masters
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Computer Software Engineering
Construction Engineering
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Mechanics
Engineering/Industrial Management
Industrial Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Systems Engineering

Family and Consumer Science Professions

Major Bachelors Masters
Apparel and Textiles
Family Resource Management Studies
Family and Community Services
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Human Development and Family Studies

Fitness, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Major Bachelors Masters
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Health & Medical Services

Major Bachelors Masters
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Medical Illustration/Medical Illustrator

Interdisciplinary Studies

Major Bachelors Masters
Human Computer Interaction
Nutrition Sciences
Other Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies

Life Science

Major Bachelors Masters
Biology/Biological Sciences
Biomedical Sciences
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology
Plant Physiology

Mathematics and Statistics

Major Bachelors Masters
Applied Mathematics

Natural Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
Geology/Earth Science
Materials, Condensed Matter and Solid State Physics

Security and Protective Service Careers

Major Bachelors Masters
Forensic Science and Technology

Social Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
Geographic Information Systems and Cartography (GIS)
Political Science and Government
Women's Studies

Social Work

Major Bachelors Masters
Public Administration

Technician Careers

Major Bachelors Masters
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician


Major Bachelors Masters
Computer Science
Computer and Information Systems Security, Information Assurance (CIS, Internet Security)
Information Technology

Veterinary Medicine

Major Bachelors Masters
Veterinary Microbiology and Immunobiology (Cert, MS, PhD)
Veterinary Preventive Medicine Epidemiology and Public Health (Cert, MS, PhD)

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ISU Ratings & Reviews

Overall Rating for Academics:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 310 Reviews

70% of students gave Iowa State University 5 stars in Academics.

Student Ratings

Student at This School - Grad Year 2017

Academics Rating

ISU has various class sizes, from four hundred person lectures to small classes of twenty students. Almost all of the professors genuinely want to help you learn and are enthusiastic and knowledgable about their courses. Most professors also have a teaching assistant that can answer questions and help students. Many of the professors here also conduct research, publish books or studies, and talk publicly about their work. The workload depends on the class but it is manageable. There are also many different resources for academic help such as tutors and resource centers.

Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Academics Rating

I've had a wide variety of classes, from lectures of 300 people to small 18 people classrooms, but all have been thorough learning environments. Even in lectures, they try to interact with students and make sure everyone is understanding the material.

ISU Academic Details

Academic Calendar Semester
Average Freshman GPA 2.70
Retention Rate 86%
Minimum GPA to Graduate 2.00
Carnegie Class Research Universities (very high research activity)
Orientation Month(s) Orientation for new students held in June.

Specialty Study Options

  • Double Majors
  • Independent Study
  • Accelerated Study
  • Honors Program
  • Internships
  • Weekend College
  • External Degree Programs

Domestic Off-Campus Semester-Away Programs

  • Domestic Exchange Schools
  • Washington Semester (American University)
  • Other: Traveling Scholars Program.

Cooperative Education Programs

  • Agriculture
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Home Economics
  • Humanities
  • Natural Science
  • Social/Behavioral Science
  • Technology

Pre-Professional Programs

  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Veterinary
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Theology
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Other: clinical lab sciences, cytotechnology, dental hygiene, health info management, hospital/health administration

Class Sizes at Iowa State University

  • Fewer than 20 Students: 30%
  • 50 - 100 Students: 12%
  • 20 - 49 Students: 50%
  • 100+ Students: 8%
Fewer than 20 Students 30%
50 - 100 Students 12%
20 - 49 Students 50%
100+ Students 8%

Faculty Ethnic Diversity

  • Caucasian: 73
  • Unknown and Other: 12
  • Asian: 11
  • Latino: 3
  • African American: 2
Caucasian 73
Unknown and Other 12
Asian 11
Latino 3
African American 2

Faculty at Iowa State University

Total Faculty 2,313
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 18
Full-Time Professors 5,513
Male Faculty 1,403
Part-Time Professors 769
Women Faculty 910

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